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 Post subject: EL34 vs 6L6
PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:55 pm 
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I need to get some new power tubes for my dual rectifier. It has the bias switch for EL34 or 6L6, so I can put in either.

Just curious of big differences. Also, if anyone has any favorite brands. I play primarily metal.

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 Post subject: Re: EL34 vs 6L6
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:43 am 
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In a nutshell, 6L6 think Fender; EL34 think Marshall. 6L6s have that broad, thumpy bottom, less-prominent mids, and clean highs. EL34s are more mid to upper-mid focused with "chimey" highs.

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 Post subject: Re: EL34 vs 6L6
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I prefer Tung-Sol EL34s in my Electra Dyne. I've only tried those and Mullards, and still prefer the TS. They seemed a little brighter than the Mullards, and the ED is a pretty dark amp. YMMV.

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 Post subject: Re: EL34 vs 6L6
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For metal use 6l6, they cut through much better and like the other guy said, the bottom end is much better, clearer.

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 Post subject: Re: EL34 vs 6L6
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:57 pm 
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jnoel64 wrote:
I prefer Tung-Sol EL34s in my Electra Dyne. I've only tried those and Mullards, and still prefer the TS. They seemed a little brighter than the Mullards, and the ED is a pretty dark amp. YMMV.


Do you mean the EL34B's?


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 Post subject: Re: EL34 vs 6L6
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:44 pm 
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How about matching tubes? Do they need to be matched?

Also, if I use the same tube style ie: EL34's, can I use different brands at the same time?


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 Post subject: Re: EL34 vs 6L6
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n.martinez2740 wrote:
jnoel64 wrote:
I prefer Tung-Sol EL34s in my Electra Dyne. I've only tried those and Mullards, and still prefer the TS. They seemed a little brighter than the Mullards, and the ED is a pretty dark amp. YMMV.


Do you mean the EL34B's?



Yes.

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 Post subject: Re: EL34 vs 6L6
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jnoel64 wrote:
I prefer Tung-Sol EL34s in my Electra Dyne. I've only tried those and Mullards, and still prefer the TS. They seemed a little brighter than the Mullards, and the ED is a pretty dark amp. YMMV.


I've explored these, now that SED has stopped producing tubes and I really like them. I have a pair in my closet for when I run out of my =C= EL34s.

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 Post subject: Re: EL34 vs 6L6
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 Post subject: Re: EL34 vs 6L6
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n.martinez2740 wrote:
I need to get some new power tubes for my dual rectifier. It has the bias switch for EL34 or 6L6, so I can put in either.

Just curious of big differences. Also, if anyone has any favorite brands. I play primarily metal.

Thanks!

I've tried it with a Triple Recto, and my Roadster ,and felt the differences were very subtle with high gain in Vintage or Modern.

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 Post subject: Re: EL34 vs 6L6
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EL34's will tighten up your Recto a bunch. They seem to cut off the obnoxious lows that Rectos are prone to.

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